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Karen Hayes tells Nick McCallum she doesn’t support ‘women quotas’

A high-profile Melbourne business woman and former sport official says gender quotas are not a good idea.

And she doesn’t know many people who think they are.

Karen Hayes is the current CEO of Guide Dogs Victoria and a former board member at the Melbourne Football Club.

She said ‘funding for sporting clubs is much more far-reaching than who’s sitting around the boardroom table.’

‘I’m not a fan of quotas,’ she told Nick McCallum.

‘You really need to ensure you’ve got a good balance of stakeholders.

‘I don’t know a lot of people that are big fans of quotas for board positions.’

?Meanwhile, former Olympian Kirstie Marshall told Sports Today women do bring a different perspective to boards. 

However, she doesn’t think this approach would achieve its intended aim. 

‘If it’s tied to funding, the only people that are disadvantaged are the athletes,’ she said.

Click play to hear from Kirstie Marshall